Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Keller Estate

    A visually stunning winery at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Keller Estate features u...

  • Peter Cellars

    Peter Cellars was started by Peter Mauel in 2003 based on a commitment to produce high quality wi...

  • Failla

    History of the Brand While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not withou...

  • Madrone Ridge

    Wine tasting at Sonoma-Enoteca is a truly unique wine country experience. Ten different Califo...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • Peter Mathis Wine

    Peter Mathis planted his 7.5 acre hillside vineyard in the Sonoma Valley in 1999 with Grenache, P...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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    A touch muted with light citrus fruit notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. More fresh citrus on the palate, mostly lemon and grapefruit with some apples and a clean finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Davis Bynum Virginia's Block Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2017

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    Fresh lime and grapefruit aromas with green melon and cut grass. Tight acidity and citrus flavors of grapefruit and lime are direct and pure on the mid palate with a creamy melon note towards the finish, this is true to varietal form, refreshing and crisp with just a hint of green apple adding some extra fruitiness.91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

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    Black fruitmaybe, even, blueberryon entry. Not the most mouthfilling Zin Ive ever had, but, certainly, pleasant enough. Moderate tannin. Very nice acid provides a nice counterpoint to the upfront berriness. An easy wine to enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Fritz Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Funk aroma, sulfur, I assume, that seems to take longer than normal to fade. Quite fruitycherry, stone fruit. Could use some minerality or woodiness or something to beat down the fruit. Fairly mellow tannin. Reasonably good acid. Fruit imbalance prevents me from really liking this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge 'Lytton Springs' 2011

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    A very elegant Zinfandel. Does that sound strange, or what? Quite often, Zinfandel (and this bottling is 84% Zinfandel) seems to hit with tons of berries, sticks, thorns, tea leaves and other things off the floor. This one enters with no fanfare. Light red fruitnot the big berry thing that I get, a lot, with Zinfandel and, definitely, not ja... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Patine Gap's Crown 2015

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    I had this one, last night. I mostly remember that this one had up front red cherry, and some "cinnamon" on the rear palate. This is an OK wine, and, I suspect, like other Mike Smith PNs I've had in the past, it will benefit from a couple more years of patience. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose Russian River Valley 2017

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    Warm spice and cherry aromas with a touch of watermelon and strawberry. Nicely fruity on the palate, smooth and generous with pleasant spice and notes of cherry and strawberry, finishing clean and light with a flaky pastry creaminess. Easy to like.. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cline Family Cellars Syrah Sonoma County 2015

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    Concentrated black berry aromas of savory earth and creamy oak. Black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors on the palate with a zesty acidity and liberal spice box flavors through the mid palate on to a tingling finish of jam, chocolate and toasted espresso beans. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Acorn Alegria Vineyards Sangiovese Russian River Valley 2014

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    Dark plum, soft cherry and brown sugar aromas with a fruit forward, lightly perfumed strawberry and cherry pie filling note on the nose. Approachable and freshly fruited flavors of light oak and smoke with a mixed berry, dark cherry fruit blend and a finish of textured tannin and vanilla smoke. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Church & Mills Chardonnay 2016

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    This was about as floral on the nose as they come. Almost fake. However, it was both floral and crisp. Screw top and good price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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